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If I am using IP/MAC bandwidth limiter, do I need to use QoS settings?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by BaileyMoto, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. BaileyMoto

    BaileyMoto Addicted to LI Member

    I have a 2way sat. broadband connection that we we share with 17 people now. Compared to broadband back in the states, it is very slow. I currently have classes setup for skype, web browsing etc, along with a bandwidth cap of 56k for each user. With the bandwidth caps, do I really even need to setup classes?
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Perhaps not. But did you find that a bandwidth limit per user was necessary, isn't the QOS working sufficiently well? Seems a pity to limit everyone to a crawl when only one or two users are online.
  3. BaileyMoto

    BaileyMoto Addicted to LI Member

    No. Mostly because skype is a popular here. If I don't limit per user, then 1 person can suck up all our bandwidth when he/she decides he wants to use video skype, etc.

    QoS did help a little, but thats about it. QoS doesnt seem to do a WHOLE lot when you only have like 100kbps to split during peak hours. We upgraded, now we have around 300kbps during peak. Things have actually seemed to get better for most people after I limited them to 56kbps, I did get compliments on the internet after the caps were set.

    56k is plenty fast for voice skype and normal web browsing, not to much for video skype. Video skype is said to take roughly 384kbps to work well, which is most of our bandwidth.
  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Yes, I see. I can imagine with a very limited bandwidth that it might have problems.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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